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Guide to the James Hazen Hyde Collection of Allegorical Prints of the Four Continents
ca. 1500-ca.1900
 PR 27

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

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Collection processed by Louisa Wood Ruby; database migrated to Archivist Toolkit by Jennifer Gargiulo, 2016

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 06, 2016
Finding aid written in English.

Administrative Information


Gift of James Hazen Hyde in 1953 and 1957.

The collection was formed by Hyde in the first half of the 20th century. It appears from a collectors' stamp that appears on all but a few of the prints, that they were at one time housed in the Musee des Art Decoratifs in Paris.

Access to Collection

Collection is open for research; access requires at least 24 hours advance notice.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 30 photocopies per day per person. Suitability of the original for photocopying is at the discretion of the staff. Neither blueprints nor tracings can be copied under any circumstances. Duplication of large-format items will be done by the house photographer. See Print Room guidelines for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:
Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as: James H. Hyde Collection of Allegorical Prints of the Four Continents, PR-027, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

The Manuscript Department of the New York Historical Society has Hyde's correspondence, diaries and other papers from 1891 to 1940. The Society also owns an oil portrait of Hyde by Theobald Chartran, from 1901.

The Metropolitan Museum and The Brooklyn Museum have prints, drawings (61 in MMA) and decorative objects representing the Four Continents from Hyde. The Cooper Hewitt has original ceramic furniture and other decorative art objects (ca. 130 pieces), as well as Hyde's collection of photographs of personifications of the Four Continents (ca. 4000 pieces). The Library of Congress black and white film negatives of the Cooper Hewitt's photographs, and the National Gallery of Art has a tapestry donated by Hyde.


The Four Continents: From the Collection of James Hazen Hyde. New York: Cooper Union, 1961.

Honour, Hugh. The European Vision of America.Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1975-1977.

Hyde, James Hazen. "The Four Parts of the World as Represented in Old-time Pageants and Ballets." Parts I and II. Apollo (Dec. 1926): 232-238 and 5 (Jan. 1927): 19-27.

Hyde, James Hazen. "L'Iconographie des quatre Parties du Monde dans les Tapisseries." Gazette des Beaux-Arts (Nov. 1924).

Obituary. The New York Times. July 27, 1959.

Parker, Alice L. "Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration has presented...." Library of Congress Information Bulletin 19 (Dec. 5, 1960): 694.

Who Was Who in America,vol. 3.